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Kelly: Institutional abuse victims can wait no longer

Following correspondence from the Head of the NI Civil Service claiming that payments to victims and survivors would be open to legal challenge without ministerial approval, SDLP Policing and Legacy Spokesperson Dolores Kelly MLA said the situation was “unsustainable” and “unfair.”

She said:

“It is shameful that the political failure to restore the power sharing institutions has perpetuated the pain of victims.

“Victims and survivors of institutional abuse have waited for decades for recognition of the wrongs that were committed against them. They cannot wait any longer for recognition and appropriate compensation.

“The Hart recommendations must be implemented in full. While the Head of the Civil Service has expressed that he needs legislation to take this forward and is preparing draft legislation, we must have a vehicle for that to become a reality. Political parties here cannot shrug off that responsibility.

“I have written directly to the party leaders of the other main political parties in Northern Ireland to ask that they agree to meet with me as a matter of urgency. Victims and survivors cannot be abandoned.

“The situation is unsustainable and deeply unfair. Surely this is a basis for talks.”

Dolores Kelly MLA

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